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A Night in with Rob­bie Wil­liams

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 8pm, Stu­dio Easy, ladies, that ti­tle is mis­lead­ing, and not just be­cause the pro­gram is called When Rob­bie Met James in other mar­kets. Though billed as ‘‘ an in­ti­mate evening with Rob­bie Wil­liams’’, the in­ti­macy comes in the form of a heart-to-heart in­ter­view with co­me­dian and ac­tor James Cor­den ( Gavin & Stacey). Cor­den is a cu­ri­ous choice, since he ad­mits to never hav­ing con­ducted an in­ter­view with any­one be­fore, but the rap­port be­tween the two is fast and ob­vi­ous. Cor­den and Wil­liams plumb the heights and the depths of the singer’s ca­reer. All is not lost for fans of the man and his mu­sic, though. There are many se­quences of a buffed and shirt­less Wil­liams, who clearly has been spend­ing a great deal of time at the gym, and there is a lot of per­for­mance and back­stage footage that is thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing. ‘‘ I’ve al­ways been taught not to break the fourth wall,’’ the cheeky singer says, be­fore nip­ping out to wrap his arms around a cou­ple of de­lighted fans pre-show. You may re­mem­ber Wil­liams telling gobsmacked jour­nal­ists how he never en­joyed per­form­ing. On the come­back trail six years later, he ap­pears to be hav­ing the time of his life. There’s a bespoke acous­tic gig and much talk of the joys of fa­ther­hood and so­bri­ety. A bet­ter man, you might say.

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